"Classifying Dependencies"
Alastair Wilson (University of Birmingham)

March 16, 2018, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Philosophy & Bioethics Departments, Monash University

E561, Menzies Buiding
Monash University
Clayton 3800


Abstract: Metaphysicians typically distinguish sharply between grounding and causation, and philosophers of science typically distinguish sharply between causal and non-causal explanation, but there has been surprisingly little discussion of how exactly to draw these distinctions. In this paper I argue that all of the most obvious criteria fail to capture the intended distinction between causation and grounding. I propose an alternative criterion in terms of the source of the dependency, and explore some preliminary implications of this criterion for simultaneous causation in physics.

As pre-reading I'd suggest my paper "Metaphysical Causation"

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